Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

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    Kevin CrustLos Angeles Times
    "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life" is a moving portrait of a man taking deep stock of his life with great satisfaction and verve.
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    Glenn KennyNew York Times
    While the movie steers around the details of how post-fame Sacks became something of a brand, it beautifully presents a portrait of his compassion and bravery.
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    Owen GleibermanVariety
    Part of the teasing mystery of "Oliver Sacks: His Own Life" is that the movie, like Sacks himself, refuses to pin its subject down to anything as earthly as a diagnosis, because that would reduce him.
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    Stephen FarberHollywood Reporter
    One of the surprising and moving lessons of this revealing film is how often the most gifted people are unappreciated.
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    Chris KnightNational Post
    I could go on, but you're better off just watching the film, especially if you want to hear about the time he went to Norway and was almost killed by a bull.
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    Andrew ParkerThe Gate
    [The film] doesn't shy away from criticism or scorn, and Burns' subject is humble and self-effacing enough to understand where concerns about his work are coming from.
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    Brian BrombergerBay Area Reporter
    This poet laureate of medicine's belief is that we are all alike in our uniqueness which should connect us to each other. His humane message is one all queer people will appreciate...
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    Lisa TrifoneThird Coast Review
    His Own Life stands as a worthy and thoughtful record, creating a holistic picture of a man who truly understood how to create a life of meaning.
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    Tim AppeloAARP Movies for Grownups
    It's a tale as wild as any case history he turned into literature.
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    Ryan SyrekThe Reader (Omaha, NE)
    Director Ric Burns's documentary is more than doe-eyed saint-making. The film uses Sacks's personal and professional journey to articulate a defense of compassionate storytelling and storykeeping and of advocacy for the marginalized.
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